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    I'm just thinking that with the BBC thinking about how to make the iPlayer operative through regular household TVs that were a big enough and powerful enough broadcaster to make all their content available forever to viewers through their sets it could wipe out a big portion of the economy.

    I got two seasons of House for Christmas completing my collection of House, if I'd been able to get that content from the TV at any time I'd have done that instead of going and buying them or getting them gifted to me.

    Given that there's a lot of the economy is small fast moving consumer goods like that now, with the occasional consumer durables that they support that's it for the economy pretty much. What's everyone going to do? We cant all be writers, actors and otherwise involved in broadcasting or other entertainment industries?

    I've been thinking about this for a while because work is important in all sorts of ways other than simply providing an income, when the global economy eventually works more like a single economy too (which is a long, long way off) there's going to be ever greater problems because it wont take the entire productive power of the planet to meet the needs of the planet.

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    Whatever happened to the service economy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Whatever happened to the service economy?
    Its always been there, infact its contracted with the decline and change in the class stratification of society. Anyway, since its been there and isnt anything new, do you see it expanding to absorb all the people displaced from other parts of the economy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    Its always been there, infact its contracted with the decline and change in the class stratification of society. Anyway, since its been there and isnt anything new, do you see it expanding to absorb all the people displaced from other parts of the economy?
    Well, let's put it this way. Let's say you chose to DVR all episodes of House instead of buying them at a store.

    By not buying them at the store, you don't pay:
    1) the royalties to the writer/actors/whoever gets them
    2) the people who programmed the DVD
    3) the people who manufactured the DVD and packaging
    4) the people who shipped the DVD to the store
    5) the people who put the DVD on the shelf, clean the store, check it out, etc.

    Instead, you are paying:
    1) the people who manufacture the satellite/cable equipment
    2) the person who comes to your house to install and repair said equipment
    3) the people who programmed said equipment
    4) the people who programmed your DVR
    5) the people who program and manage your cable service

    Admittedly, the jobs required to bring DVR service to your house are more skilled than to bring the DVD to your house, but hey, that's still a lot of people.
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